Hiroshige: Moon Pine, Ueno (Ueno sannai tsuki no matsu)
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige
Title: Moon Pine, Ueno (Ueno sannai tsuki no matsu)
Series: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo Hyakkei)
One of the better designs from “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”. An early impression of this famous print, with strong woodgrain in the sky and traces of mica on the shading of the upper branch of the tree. This is a close-up picture of the famed pine tree with a moon-shaped looped branch, also named the Rope Pine (nawa no matsu) at the Shinobazu pond in Ueno. We see Benten Shrine in the lower right in the distance over the commoners’ houses and three fire watch towers of different daimyos estates--the one in the loop must be the tower in the estate of Maeda, lord of Kaga.
Hiroshige depicted this pine tree in other composition in 1856/4, a view from the Kiyomizu-dô, the Benten Shrine. This tree was blown off in a storm in the early Meiji Period.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Literature: Henry Smith II: Hiroshige One Hundred Famous View of Edo, plate 89.
Seal: Censor’s seal “Aratame” and Date seal (mi hachi): 8th month of Snake year(1857)
Signature: Hiroshige ga